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It wasn’t that long ago that most eyecare professionals (ECPs) didn’t even know what an “app” was let alone know how one could be used to build their practice. Now there are so many to give your business a boost it’s hard to know which ones to use. These days, apps can improve office automation, facilitate patient communications, attract new patients and even help take measurements in the dispensary. Here are a few apps to improve your practice in 2017.

If you want to…
…Improve Dispensary Automation
Shamir Arch
This app will immediately let the ECP know if the frame selected and lens choice are compatible. Just fill in the parameters of any frame and immediately get the range of prescriptions suitable for that frame. With instantaneous feedback on the frame/lens choice while the patient is still in the office, it makes it easy to choose another frame if necessary.
Get it at: Google Play and Apple iTunes

otto
The otto app, from VSP Optics Group, allows the dispenser to take accurate lens measurements, demonstrate lens options, offer patients virtual try-on for frames, file VSP insurance claims, order glasses and more.
Get it at: seeotto.com

If you want to…
…Increase Efficiency
MyRev
Users of RevolutionEHR cloud-based practice management and electronic health records software can access their patient schedule for any location, review patient contact and demographic information, and read staff-to-doctor or patient-to-doctor messages in an encrypted-access (HIPAA-compliant) manner from any smartphone.
Get it at: Google Play and Apple iTunes

Todoist
This is a very flexible, robust task manager that gives the user the ability to prioritize, schedule, categorize and even share the important tasks that drive both work and personal lives. This task-management app can be shared on all of the user’s device platforms (computers, tablets, smartphones, etc.).
Get it at: Google Play and Apple iTunes

If you want to…
…Build Your Practice
EyeXam
The EyeXam app gives consumers a free vision screening, a GPS-based eyecare provider database search, two-way communication allowing for appointment scheduling, real-time messaging and money-saving promotional offers, an eye health dictionary and a way to check eyecare insurance benefits. The ECP gets software to manage the connection/communication process and to market to consumers.
Get it at: Google Play and Apple iTunes

If you want to…
…Develop Customized Apps for Your Practice
EyeDoc
This app enables ECPs to easily develop their own customized mobile app for their practice so patients can request/book appointments, order contact lenses, access an Eye Encyclopedia and read unique practice information such as Google Maps and directions. The app also includes built-in links to Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks, including YouTube.
Get it at: EyeDocApp.com

If you want to…
…Manage Social Media
Hootsuite
This social media tool provides total, full-time control over all social media sites from one place. Hootsuite gives the user the ability to post (immediate or scheduled posts), get notified of posts on their business sites and quickly respond to those posts, and track performance using analytic reports that will help improve online marketing efforts. Tip: Set up the primary account on a computer then download the app on your mobile devices.
Get it at: Google Play and Apple iTunes

Bob Main, ABOM, is an optical industry veteran with over 35 years of experience in the eyecare industry. He currently works as a business development consultant.

WHERE TO FIND IT: EyeDoc EyeDocApp.com // EyeXam 408.528.7100 • EyeXam.com // RevolutionEHR 877.738.3471 • RevolutionEHR.com // Shamir Insight, Inc. 877.514.8330 • Shamir.comInfo@ShamirLens.com // VSP Optics Group VSPOpticsGroup.comOpticsInfo@VSP.com

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